Usher, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown And Trey Songz All Touring This Fall
If you’re an R&B fan you might want to start saving your money. This autumn, three huge R&B tours are set to go down. If your schedule and bank account allow, and their itineraries are kind to your zip code, you might have the opportunity to see four of the biggest names in R&B perform live.
Ne-Yo launches his expedition on Oct. 12. Usher is hitting the road beginning Nov. 1. Dates haven’t been announced yet, but it’s been all over social networks that Chris Brown and Trey Songz are joining forces for a journey of their own.
Not only are all four warming up tour buses and training backup dancers, they are also promoting new or pending albums.
Shaffer Smith kicks off his “One Night With Ne-Yo” tour on Oct. 12 in San Francisco. His “One Night” trek ends Nov. 2 when Ne-Yo visits Chicago to perform at The Fillmore.
Highlights of his pending outing include Ne-Yo in West Hollywood on Oct. 15, Ne-Yo in Las Vegas on Oct. 17, and Ne-Yo in Atlanta on Oct. 23.
His tour is “House of Blues” heavy. The “So Sick” singer has routed performances at six House of Blues venues. He’ll also be visiting three Fillmores. Besides the one in Chicago, Ne-Yo will also be performing at Fillmores in Charlotte and Silver Spring, Maryland.
An opening act for his sojourn has not been announced.
Ne-Yo’s excursion is supporting his upcoming studio album, Non-Fiction. The opus is set to hit streets on Nov. 11. The album has already produced two singles: “Money Can’t Buy” (featuring Jeezy) and “She Knows” (featuring Juicy J). The former song peaked at number 117 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In a recent interview, Ne-Yo described his pending oeuvre by saying it’s “99.999998 percent R&B.” What does that mean? Well, it means Ne-Yo is appeasing the fan base that, as he puts it, “kept the lights on for a very long time.” He’s eschewing the dance/EDM sound of his last LP and returning to his roots.
As for the remaining .000002 percent, Ne-Yo says that’s all pop.
Regardless of his inspiration, Non-Fiction is an important album for Ne-Yo. His last two studio works did well on the charts (nine and four respectively) but poorly at the cash register. That’s especially true if you compare them to his first three efforts (In My Own Words, Because of You, and Year of the Gentleman).
Of course, album sales won’t affect Ne-Yo ticket sales. The singer-songwriter is one of R&B’s great live acts. Regardless of what happens with his upcoming album, Ne-Yo’s upcoming tour will be one of the hottest concert tickets of the autumn.
On Nov. 1, Usher begins “The UR Experience” in Montreal. After a show in Toronto, the 35-year-old returns to the United States for a gig at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit on Nov. 4. His North American trudge ends Dec. 14 in Tampa.
In total, Usher has 28 dates scheduled for his fall excursion. It’s the legend’s first headlining trek in three years.
“With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they've never seen or heard before." — Usher
The most anticipated date on his itinerary is Nov. 7. On that night, Usher will be in New York City for an engagement at Madison Square Garden. Also look for Usher in Boston on Nov. 13, Los Angeles on Dec. 21, and Dec. 13 in Miami.
Opening for Usher will be August Alsina and DJ Cassidy.
Usher’s upcoming jaunt is certainly good news for his fans and R&B aficionados. What’s not good news is the status of Usher’s eighth studio album.
The new collection of songs is called UR and features appearances from Drake, Juicy J, and Nicki Minaj. It was supposed to see the light of day sometime in September, but Usher has postponed the album’s release date indefinitely.
In pushing back UR’s release date, Usher said that he’s taking his time with the album and “…at the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun.”
That’s a bad sign. When an artist starts talking about having fun and breaks out the phrase “at the end of the day” it’s because the recording process is not going well.
After making Confessions, Usher didn’t spew clichés and wax poetically about the merriment to be had in the recording studio. He talked about the awesomeness of his new album (that went on to sale 10 million copies). This doesn’t mean UR is going to be disappointing, but it does mean Usher has a lot of work to do.
Like Ne-Yo, a poor Usher album doesn’t mean a poor tour. The “UR Experience” will be an experience and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on Usher tickets. Procuring his next studio album is another matter.
Chris Brown & Trey Songz
Chris Brown’s latest album, X, dropped Sept. 16. The singer had pushed the release date back twice. Despite what you might deduce from the title this is not Brown’s tenth studio submission. It’s his sixth. Then again “X” looks a lot better than “VI.”
Trey Songz’s sixth album greeted the world on July 1, 2014. It debuted at number one giving the artist his second straight top platter.
No idea on when these two juggernauts will begin their circuit except that their joint tour will be launched this fall. Their ramble has been promoted on Twitter and the singers posted videos on Instagram.
“THIS FALL is gonna be legendary! Get ready for me and @TreySongz Tour!!!!!!” – Chris Brown via Twitter
Ne-Yo, Usher, Chris Brown & Trey Songz
Without an itinerary from Brown and Songz it’s impossible to know which cities, if any, will host all four men. Right now, Ne-Yo and Usher will both be visiting the following metro areas: San Francisco/San Jose, Anaheim/Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Silver Spring/Washington D.C.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the best idea is to put all four of these artists on the same marquee. If a promoter did that then you could forget about what kind of album they were releasing or if they were releasing one at all. No one would care.
Hopefully Brown and Songz will visit many of the same cities Ne-Yo and Usher have routed. Fans won’t be able to see these four R&B singers on the same stage on the same night but some might be able to enjoy them during the same season.
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